Magic Little Words

From 3 to 7 | 24 pages

Thank you. Sorry. Goodbye. I love you. These basic words and phrases are among the early ones we learn, but they also represent big concepts
whose larger meanings can be difficult to grasp. Magic Little Words tackles the challenge, presenting one “little word” on each spread alongside a lyrical line that expresses its meaning: for instance, “please” is a magic key that opens most doors, and “I love you” is the most beautiful song for two.

Collages of paper scraps and varied materials like lace work with pencil and crayon shading to provide depth, texture and a sense of whimsy. Two sketched characters play out the emotions of each scene, connecting the abstract text to concrete situations. This small-format book makes a great gift: while the words will be familiar, the text offers refreshing, enlightening new ways of looking at them.
"The seemingly hastily sketched and quickly snipped-out characters have a charming sense of impermanence, as if a gust of wind could wisp them away at any moment... Beautiful phrasing to be sure." - Kirkus Reviews
"Most children know the 'magic words' to say, but do they really know what they mean? This poetic tale tackles the question with excellent results." - Booklist
"A real winner." - Spirituality and Practice
"[An] engaging picture book...inventive illustrations." - Booklist
"Thoughtful and satisfying." - The National Reading Campaign
"Most children know the 'magic words' to say, but do they really know what they mean? This poetic tale tackles the question with excellence results...a first purchase for most collections." - School Library Journal
"Beautiful phrasing." - Kirkus Reviews
"This whimsical book will be read and reread...highly recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens, 2015

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